WE HAVE had low water since April, which has had an impact on fish numbers and, unsurprisingly, angling effort. But as ever on the Don there are some committed local rods who continue to wet a line no matter what. Salmon were caught on the ADAA beats and Aberdeenshire Council waters, but overall, it has to be said April was a disappointment. The salmon that did come in were beginning to spread out and Johnny Little had Arhuncart’s first on April 12, tempted by a Neep. Eventually, there was a drop of water towards the end of the month and the 2 ft rise saw a number of liced fish landed, including fish from the Manse pool at Lower Fintray and also at Kemnay. Ivor Duffus had a fresh 7 lb fish off a middle beat on a size 12 March Brown while fishing for trout, and another couple of salmon have been landed by trout anglers fishing with nymphs. The brown trout fishing continues to be some of the best in these islands. Those landed have been in excellent condition with 2 lb-3 lb fish the norm now on many beats and Craig Fleming had a lovely 3 lb 8 oz fish at Castle Forbes. Some bigger fish have been landed by the more experienced anglers – a few of them to 7 lb. The low water continued throughout May and salmon proved difficult to tempt. Stuart Barnetson had two in late May at Inverurie: a sealiced seven-pounder and an older fish at 10 lb – both on an orange Shrimp fly. I was pleased to hear Ralph Green had a cracker of about 12 lb and Sean Rennie had one from the ADAA waters at about 8 lb. – ROSS MACDONALD.